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Sports Report: Fifth Annual Shanghai Swim League Cup

Last Saturday the BISS Lions swimmers were in action at SAS Puxi for the fifth annual Shanghai Swim League Cup.

All Shanghai Swim League member schools where in attendance with six of their best swimmers in each age group and gender.  The competition was fierce.  Due to some last minute injuries and illnesses the BISS Lions team were short of some of their  top level swimmers, however we still managed a very impressive fifth place team overall.

In the 15 and over age group, Boys Captain, Johnny Yeng lead by example and secured personal best times along with some vital team points.  The Girls Captain, Margot Jacobs was out due to injury last weekend but attended the meet in support of the team.

The 13 -14 team swimmers had a great day of personal best times from all swimmers.  Jason Chang secured third place overall in his age group with some very impressive swims and Daniel Tafelski showed he is a force to be reckoned with in all areas as he produced some outstanding performances to secure his personal best times.  For the girls, Kym Pang and Rebecca Jacobs swam like champions after a bout of illness which saw them struggle through some tough races.  The efforts did not go unanswered as they secured a Bronze medal in the team relay.

In the 11-12 age group we had personal bests from nearly all swimmers.  It is very difficult to choose from so many notable performances but one cannot ignore the ever present Henry Barlow, who again bettered his times in many of his strokes and finished tenth best boy in the meet: proof that hard work really does pay off.  Mia Crockart amazed herself by producing some excellent results in all her stokes and has secured her place on the secondary school’s prestigious ACAMIS team.

For the primary school swimmers in the 9-10 age group Louis Williamson and Gerrard Muixi  had strong swims in all strokes with Louis finishing as seventh best swimmer overall in his age group. An excellent result considering the age group contains seventy two individual swimmers.  For the Girls, Jocelyn Chok and Ipek Guntay represented the school with determination and effort which resulted in more personal best times.

The biggest swimming success of the day came from Florence Barlow who proved to be a shining example of how to dominate in the pool.  The 8 and under age group swimmer, focussed on beating her personal bests and did not worry about other swimmers around her.   This excellent attitude drove her on to be over all meet winner, meaning she is officially the best swimmer in the Shanghai Swim league in her age group and gender.

Overall this talented and focused group of swimmers have done incredibly well.  Through their own hard work and determination in training they have been able to progress further than expected as a team.  As Coaches, nothing makes us prouder than seeing this level of effort and nothing makes us happier than the positive results the effort brings.  Hours in training for seconds in competition.

- Coach Tom Hitchings

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